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Minnesota Vikings draft analysis: Brandon Watts

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Position: Linebacker

Number: 58

College: Georgia Tech

Height: 6-2

Weight: 231

2014 Statistics: 66 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass breakup, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble

My analysis: In limited viewing, Watts showed an explosive burst off the edge as an edge rusher and the power to run through running backs as a blitzing linebacker. He also displayed good wrap-up technique when tackling.

NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki’s analysis: A finesse, run-and-hit, coverage linebacker with the athletic traits and raw speed worth developing on the weak side, where he can be covered up in a fast-flowing, one-gap defense such as Dallas, Seattle or Tampa Bay. Could factor on special-teams coverage readily.

The skinny: As a seventh round draft pick, he will enter training camp as a long shot. If he makes the team, his combination of size and athleticism will be a welcomed addition to the Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker group and special teams units.

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